Blue Dream – “Black Sun”

January 14, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Saturated in hazy, blues-inspired riffs, Blue Dream‘s approach to rock n’ roll is rare nowadays. The Chicago natives have produced a sound which lies somewhere on a spectrum between psych rock and jam band, while still embodying a classic rock vibe straight out of 1977. Check out the group’s original, “Black Sun” off their first […]

Blue Dream @ Subterranean 1-12

January 13, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Blue Dream rocked Wicker Park’s Subterranean with their unique style of jam-filled psychedelic rock. The group was joined by fellow psych-rockers Star Spangled KGB and the low-fi, garage punks The Mirandas.

A Chase Away’s Birthday @ the House Cafe

January 12, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Dekalb’s House Cafe played host to Hampshire rockers Chase Aways on January 11th, as the group celebrated their 2nd anniversary as a band. The Elgin-based garage band, The Smoking Revolvers, opened the show. Check out Local Loop’s articles on both Chase Aways and the Smoking Revolvers for more jams.

Red Deer Cave People – “Palo Alto Swing”

January 8, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Low-fi, fuzzed-out rock n’ roll is the specialty of South Elgin’s Red Deer Cave People. With a sound like indie rockers Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, RDCP’s music is dissonant, rough, and yet fascinatingly psychedelic. The group is currently working on an album which will be released on cassette on Weiner Records. Check out their original “Palo Alto […]

The Nineties Two – “Don’t Know”

January 7, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Originally known as Day13, The Nineties Two is the collaborative hip-hop project of Andy Rodriguez (“Yazzy D”) and Daniel Washington (“Tommy Gun”). Although the St. Charles natives are relatively new to the music scene, their homemade demo is polished, professional, and easy to jam to. Check out TNT’s original “Don’t Know” below, and expect an interview with […]

Chase Aways – “Run”

January 5, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Chase Aways is an alternative rock band hailing from the small northwest-suburban town of Hampshire. Often playing DeKalb’s House Cafe, Chase Aways have a knack for catchy and yet well-executed melodies. Check out their fan-favorite original “Run” below and its goofy original music video.

Keep 7 – “Fortnight”

January 5, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Pop-punk rockers Keep 7 have quickly become a local music mainstay in the western suburbs. The South Elgin and St. Charles natives have created a catchy sound much like Blink 182, and are about to begin a Midwest tour. Below is an exclusive debut of their latest single, “Fortnight”, and their debut album, Rise and […]

Foreign Policy – “Scheduled Procrastination”

January 3, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

Foreign Policy is not today’s typical punk band. Rather than upbeat pop vocals and melodies, the Berwyn natives are loud and angry, inspired by hardcore punks like Black Flag and The Sex Pistols. Check out their rowdy original “Scheduled Procrastination” and shots from their performance at The Last Shot.

Smoking Revolvers – “Novacaine to Soothe the Pain”

January 3, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

The Smoking Revolvers is the garage-rock brainchild of Elgin natives Virgilio Gamero, Jonathan Lyons, and Andy Evers. They often cover the White Stripes and the Ramones, and the group’s originals like “Novacaine to Soothe the Pain” and “Trapped by Love” have quickly become fan favorites. Check out the track below and pictures from their performance at the […]

Astroknots, Foreign Policy, Smoking Revolvers @ The Last Shot

January 3, 2013 · Posted by Kirsten

South Elgin’s local music hot spot, The Last Shot Bar & Grill, hosted four groups at the end of last year. Despite its modest appearance in an unassuming strip mall, Foreign Policy, The Smoking Revolvers, Astroknots, and Chase Aways rocked the joint with their own personal take on “punk rock”.